Audio Recording "Living over the store, naturally, you were always exposed to the business."

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Title
"Living over the store, naturally, you were always exposed to the business."
Contributor Names
Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-12
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  Stores & shops
-  Family-owned business enterprises--Succession
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Schagen's Shoe Store (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Albert W. Schagen, owner of Schagen's Shoe Store on 21st Avenue, and his wife, Mina Schagen.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks whether AS had a sense of being destined for the family business. AS said living over the store, he was always exposed to the business. And very early on he'd help his father, who would give him little jobs dusting, sweeping, or just running errands. And when AS was about 13 years old his grandfather said to AS's father that he thought he was old enough to work in the store. So AS started working on people, much to his embarrassment, because at 13 felt he was just a kid, and knew that many customers felt the same. By the time he was 15 or so worked for his father after school, and on weekends. AS went to Columbia, and commuted back and forth on the Susquehannah Railroad every day, and when came home would come in and take his jacket off and get to work. By that time his grandfather had passed away. Then AS went into the navy. Talks about navy experience a bit. The navy sent AS back to Columbia. During weekend liberty would walk to Henry Hudson Parkway, stood there, got a lift to Paterson, took his jacket off and went to work in the store. AS was a German major, and thought he would like to teach at the college level. But the store was always there. And by this time had met his wife, were going together, and the kind of pay that Columbia was offering was not enough by any stretch of the imagination to get by on. And his father needed help, and AS was brought up to respond to that.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A020
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02006
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "Living over the store, naturally, you were always exposed to the business.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003961/.

APA citation style:

Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Living over the store, naturally, you were always exposed to the business.". -09-12. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003961/.

MLA citation style:

Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "Living over the store, naturally, you were always exposed to the business.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003961/>.